Mozilla Firefox 4 Beta 1 – New and Improved Or Just Borrowed Ideas?

Why is it that when software companies try to improve an already established product, the first thing they want to do is change everything around? What I am talking about are the buttons, tool-bars, and menu features that we finally have become familiar with. This was my first impression of the new and improved Firefox browser from the folks at Mozilla. Is it just me or does Firefox now look like a combination of Opera and Chrome?

I realize that many of the improvements are hidden in the background to adhere to the latest technology changes on the Web. For this I say, ‘yippee!’ But it has taken me almost five years to adjust myself in using Firefox and these changes, IMHO, are not necessary. Improvements to the engine, yes. Changing the GUI, no.

Just my two cents.

Comments welcome.

Call It A Cloud OS And They Will Come, Or Will They? First Look Peppermint Linux OS

I haven’t installed a new Linux version in a long time, so when I read all the hype about Peppermint Linux OS, I downloaded and installed a copy. Hint: When you go to the download page on the Peppermint’s site, select the link at the bottom of the page:


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  • The download from this mirror is fairly fast compared to the others and I recommend you use it.

    I have a test box which consists of a dual core AMD at 3,1GHz, 4 GB of RAM and I used a sata drive I had sitting on the shelf for the install. As with most Linux versions I have used recently, Peppermint installed without any issues. This Linux version boots very fast. In fact my first thought was lightening fast when the OS started.

    The first thing I did was connect to my wireless network which was easy. After which I opened Firefox browser, which is the new 3.6.3 version and was immediately on the Internet. So why is this OS called a ‘cloud’ OS? According to the folks who produced Peppermint they state:

    Peppermint OS One features automatic updates, easy step-by-step installation, a user-friendly interface and increased mobility by integrating directly with cloud-based applications; it is also ready to use out of the box and is free.

    Built into the OS are all of Google’s popular apps like Doc’s, Gmail, Reader and Calender. Plus you have Facebook, Hulu, Mozilla Prism, YouTube and more. Here is a a screen shot running Prism running Seesmic and Hulu:

    This Linux version is very easy to use and so for I like it. I will be playing with for about a week or so and will report back my findings. In the mean time if you would like to give Peppermint a try, let us know what you think.

    Comments welcome.

    Source – Peppermint

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